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Perennial grains like Kernza are becoming more common in foods and beverages. There are a variety of businesses and products that feature the grain in Minnesota and across the county. The Land Use Institute lists numerous uses for Kernza perennial grain on its website:
ARVILLA, N.D. -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Columbia Grain International LLC for willfully exposing workers to grain-handling hazards after the fatal engulfment of an employee at the company’s Arvilla, N.D., storage facility. The company faces $190,000 in proposed penalties. The body of Kevin John Anderson, 58, of Aneta, N.D., was pulled from a grain bin at the facility in Arvilla in July. Arvilla is 22 miles west of Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS — Snow totals over the past 48 hours reached double digits for many towns in the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks region, according to National Weather Service reports. Grand Forks-East Grand Forks reported 12.9 inches of snow from the blizzard, while the Grand Forks Air Force Base reported 13.5 inches, the weather service said. Mekinock, N.D., reported 18 inches.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum requested a presidential disaster declaration Friday, Dec. 13, after an October blizzard caused major flooding in the central and eastern parts of the state. If President Donald Trump approves the declaration, it could free up funding from the the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the state's estimated $9.7 million in damages to public roads and other infrastructure.
ST. PAUL — Five Minnesotans caught E. coli in a multistate outbreak that has been linked to a brand of pre-made salad kits, the state Department of Health has confirmed. A total of nine people in three different states were infected with the disease, according to a Tuesday, Dec. 10, release. The cases are believed to be tied to Fresh Express's "Sunflower Crisp" chopped salad kits, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.
DILWORTH, Minn. — There were no injuries reported after a corn dryer fire in Dilworth on Monday, Dec. 9. Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting said the fire was reported at about 5:30 a.m. in rural Clay County. Crews on scene found a corn dryer had caught fire and tipped over onto another dryer, Empting said. The fire was difficult to put out, he said, because firefighters' equipment kept freezing up due to the cold weather. The cause of the fire wasn't known Monday, but Empting said these kind of dryer fires are common in winter.
GARY, Minn — Authorities have identified the man who died in a northwest Minnesota grain bin accident Thursday afternoon, Dec. 5. Emergency responders found Gerald Chisholm, 62, of rural Gary, dead in a grain bin about 40 miles northeast of Fargo after the Norman County Sheriff's office got a 911 call about a man getting trapped inside of the bin. His body was taken to Grand Forks for an autopsy and the incident remains under investigation, the sheriff's office said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota and FEMA are opening Disaster Recovery Centers in Brookings, Moody, Hutchinson, Charles Mix, McCook and Hanson counties, according to a news release from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses that suffered losses from the severe winter storms and flooding from Sept. 9–26 this year. Each center will be open for five days.
GARY, Minn. — A 62-year-old man is dead in a grain bin accident in northeast Norman County on Thursday, Dec. 5. At 1:09 p.m., emergency crews responded to a 911 call reporting a man trapped inside a grain bin about 40 miles northeast of Fargo, according to a news release from the Norman County Sheriff's Office. First responders discovered a man's body inside of the grain bin, which was taken to Grand Forks for an autopsy. The man's name is being withheld pending notification of family.
FARGO — The woman who the Fargo Fire Department said was trampled by a horse at North Dakota State University's Equine Center has died, according to her friends and colleagues in Canada, where she is from.